Long gone are the days of cloud being viewed as some vague futuristic concept, merely a marketing term soon to be destined for the annals of ICT history.
Rather the cloud is here, there and everywhere, with the question shifting to a significantly different area of computing.
While the organisations now understand, and crucially accept, that the cloud is here to stay, and that it comes in three forms - public clouds, private clouds, and hybrids clouds - what are they adopting?
The answer, according to Greg Davidson, CEO, Datacom New Zealand is simple; “All of them.”
“With increasing sophistication about what to use and why, we see that our customers are implementing all these models in tandem,” says Davidson, speaking exclusively to Reseller News New Zealand.
“Increasingly the decisions will be driven by functional differences and the cost, including risk, of change rather than ongoing platform costs because the differences in absolute terms are shrinking.”
With nearly 50 years’ experience in technology, in which the company has grown to become one of Asia Pacific’s leading locally-owned IT-based service providers, Datacom provides a range of cloud solutions, offering infrastructure, platform or software-as-a-service.
Lending the company licence to comment on the growing trends within the cloud space, at a local level, Datacom offers a network of nine data centres located in the major Australian and New Zealand cities which is able to support a combined IT equipment load of over 15 Mw.
Sites include Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch, alongside locations across the Tasman in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.
In being embedded in the process as organisations throughout the region move to the skies, Davidson says that from experience, the traditional barriers of entry when moving businesses to cloud platforms have focused largely around cost and consumption.
“Key challenges include the difficulty of being able to accurately account for costs with in-house operations and / or existing hardware environments makes understanding the business case complex,” he explains.
“There have also been barriers when modelling accurately or clearly predicting the likely consumption costs in the public platforms – this can be challenging as well.”
For Davidson, some of the popular public cloud platforms place specific requirements on the applications that can move, which again can be complex to manage and assess.
Furthermore, he believes that many software licensing agreements also add to the confusion, complicating the cloud adoption in the process.
“And beyond these considerations some customers are worried about data sovereignty but this concern is unlikely to apply to all of their data,” he continues.
“Some application versions aren’t certified by their suppliers in a cloud environment but applications can be ungraded.
“Direct links can be installed to remote cloud data centres if network performance is a concern.
“What’s useful to observe here is that there are answers to every concern that might be raised – but they all come at a cost and this needs to weighed against the desired business outcome.”
Rather than assess which sectors are moving rapidly to the cloud across New Zealand, Davidson prefers a different approach, discussing what kinds of workloads are moving rather than sectors as “there isn’t an industry or sector differentiation.”